Aug 9, 2006

Tun Mahathir revives charges after Malaysian PM denies corruption, nepotism

Looks like politics in Malaysia is really getting some attention from foreign media. I wonder how long can PM Badawi tolerate before the imminent of ISA towards Tun.

Extracted from AFP News
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's former premier Mahathir Mohamad revived his attack on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after his successor was forced to go on national television to deflect rumours of nepotism and corruption.

In an interview aired Monday night Abdullah broke from his usual policy of refusing to respond to criticism, and tackled a range of sensitive issues raised by Mahathir who says Malaysia lacks "guts" under his leadership.

Abdullah defended his performance and denied suggestions that his son Kamaluddin, a successful businessman, and his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, a budding politician, had benefited improperly.

"Khairy once worked with me...but there is no proof that he hijacked and took over a government project," said Abdullah, addressing Mahathir's charges that the 30-year-old was the real power behind the throne.

However, Mahathir issued more broadsides on Tuesday, using his trademark sarcasm to describe the role of Khairy, who holds the important post of deputy youth chief of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).

"Well, he (Abdullah) says that he is in control. He said Khairy merely writes his speeches for him. He is a speechwriter, he says. A speechwriter is very good. They write, the PM will deliver your speech for you," he told reporters.

"Though I don't know whether speechwriters can insert anything into the speech or not. But I think a speechwriter is quite a powerful person," he added.

Mahathir also commented on Abdullah's insistance that he is not personally guilty of any corrupt dealings.

"He is quite right. If you don't have evidence of corruption then don't say there is corruption, and if anybody can prove corruption with hard evidence then he is a great detective because it's quite difficult to prove corruption."

Abdullah had said in the interview that people accusing him of corruption should make their allegations openly instead of talking "behind my back".

"Such people are trying to belittle me and make wild accusations. Maybe they are doing so because they have a hidden agenda. If I'm accused of being corrupt, please write and tell all," he said.

The premier, seen as the "Mr Nice Guy" of Malaysian politics, also addressed criticisms that his approach is too cautious and that he has failed to decisively tackle problems since taking power two years ago.

"Just give me time...if I take the field in a football game, and after 10 minutes, I am judged for my performance, how can that be? You have to wait for me to warm up, to pick up the tempo."

He also justified his refusal to take on Mahathir, whose criticisms have triggered speculation that he is trying to unseat the present administration.

"There are many people who have said that it is better if I do not speak or things will get out of hand," Abdullah said.


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1 comment:

ali allah ditta said...

Macamlah semasa zaman dia(Dr.M) corruption, nepotism & croynism tak pernah wujud?